Reading Public Schools awarded $15,000 DESE grant

BOSTON – House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading), State Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn), and State Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) joined with Superintendent Thomas Milaschewski to announce that the Reading Public Schools has been awarded a $15,000 Evaluate and Select High-Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) Network Support Targeted Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Reading was one of 23 school districts eligible to receive funding in the latest round of grants, and one of 14 to be awarded funding. Grant awards ranged from $13,500 to $15,000, with a total of $208,500 in grants presented by DESE.

Dr. Sarah Hardy, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching, will be overseeing the implementation of this grant for the Reading Public Schools, with the money earmarked for the schools’ science curriculum.

“Our district is thrilled to receive the Evaluate and Select High-Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) Network Support Grant,” said Dr. Hardy. “The grant funds will be used by Reading Public Schools’ Secondary Science Curriculum Council for our work in evaluating and selecting high-quality core science curricular materials, aligning to our commitment to utilize exceptional, standards-aligned, and culturally responsive curricular resources. In addition, this grant will enable professional development opportunities that empower STEM teachers to skillfully use high-quality instructional materials to orchestrate dynamic student learning experiences. In short, this funding will play a critical role in ensuring equitable access and excellence for every student across our science classrooms.”

“Congratulations to the Reading Public Schools for securing this grant award,” said Representative Jones. “By providing students with improved science instructional materials and opening up more professional development opportunities for teachers, this funding will further enhance the overall learning experience for all of Reading’s students.”

“The securing of this grant award by Reading Public Schools is great news for both students and educators,” said Representative Haggerty. “Not only will it provide our science classrooms with high-quality instructional materials, but it will also equip our teachers with valuable professional development. Funding opportunities like these help elevate the quality of education for all Reading students.”

“Utilizing high-quality and culturally responsive course curricula is a key component of offering an exceptional education,” said Senator Lewis. “I am thrilled that Reading Public Schools will be receiving this funding to evaluate and select core science curricular materials to continue providing a top-notch education for their students.”